Strider II (released in North America under the title of Journey from Darkness: Strider Returns), is a side-scrolling platform game published by U.S. Gold (under license from Capcom USA) and originally released for various computer platforms in 1990. It is a European-developed sequel to Capcom's arcade game Strider, which U.S. Gold previously ported to home computers in Europe. The game was developed by Tiertex, as with Human Killing Machine, the U.S. Gold sequel to Street Fighter.
Identifier sg_Strider_II_1990_Capcom_Tiertex_Design_Studio_U.S._Gold_EU_en_tMediatype softwareScanner Internet Archive Python library 0.5.2Publicdate 2014-05-06 04:14:22Addeddate 2014-05-06 04:14:22Emulator_ext binEmulator genesisCreator Capcom/Tiertex Design Studio/U.S. GoldDate 1990Year 1990Backup_location ia905807_15Language English
Capcom later developed their own sequel in 1999, titled Strider 2 for the arcades and PlayStation, which ignores U.S. Gold's version of Strider II.
Two years after the release of the computer versions, U.S. Gold and Tiertex ported Strider II to the Mega Drive. In addition to its European release, Strider II was also released for the American Sega Genesis under the title of Journey from Darkness: Strider Returns. The Mega Drive version of Strider Returns differs from the previous computer version in several ways. While the plot is the same, the antagonist is now the Grandmaster (Meio) from the original Strider (who is referred in the game's manual as the "Evil Master"). Although the main character uses the same sprite as in the Mega Drive version of the original Strider, this Strider is addressed in the manual as "Hinjo" (instead of "Hiryu", the actual code name of the original protagonist).
The player controls Hinjo similarly to Hiryu in the first Mega Drive game (with the ability to slide and move under ceilings retained). Instead of a gun like in the home computer versions, Hinjo throws shurikens but only if he collects them first. Instead of transforming into a robot when he confronts a boss, Hinjo collects orbs throughout each stage instead. These orbs will surround Hinjo and protect him when he faces the stage's boss. The player can choose between Hiryu's original cypher from the first game or a new "sweeping" cypher.